|McGill professor will give inaugural Cyprus Research Fund lecture Sept. 17|
Michael Fronda of McGill University will give an inaugural Cyprus Research Fund lecture Thursday, Sept. 17, at 4 p.m. in the East Asia Room of the Chester Fritz Library on the UND campus.
Fronda will examine the growth of Roman power in the ancient world by focusing on how the city of Rome came to dominate the Italian Peninsula. Through an innovative use of contemporary international relations theory, Professor Fronda argues that Rome capitalized on the tendency for ancient state relations to be anarchic on the one hand, but in some way limited by enduring rivalries between particular states on the other. Rome's ability to exploit these fundamental characteristics of ancient, and perhaps all, states led ultimately to the city's domination of Italy and provided important lessons for the city's conquest of the Mediterranean world.
There will also be a brown-bag lecture on Friday at noon in 228 O'Kelly Hall, where Fronda will present some of his work on Latin inscriptions with an emphasis on how little texts can illuminate substantial historical problems.
Fronda was invited to speak at UND by assistant professor of history Bill Caraher. Caraher maintains active research interests in survey archaeology, as the co-director of Pyla-Koutsopetria Archaeological Project in Cyprus and participates in the continued archaeological research associated with the Eastern Korinthia Archaeological Survey and the Ohio State Excavations at Isthmia.
Thanks to the generosity of the departments of History and Political Science, there will be a small reception after Thursday's lecture. The small reception will feature several photographs by Ryan Stander, an MFA student who served as our artist-in-residence in Cyprus this past summer. His works are a preview to a proper exhibition slated for this winter.
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